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AIIB Approves USD404-M Loan to Improve Bangladesh Cross-Border Connectivity
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has approved a USD404-million loan to improve Bangladesh’s intercity travel and cross-border connectivity.
The upgrade of the country’s national highway N2 between Sylhet and the Tamabil border crossing will improve overall commuter safety and reduce travel times for road users, including freight vehicles and buses.
The Sylhet-Tamabil road (about 56.16 kilometers) is part of the Dhaka-Narsingdi-Sylhet-Tamabil National Highway corridor with a total length of 286 kilometers. The corridor is strategically important for subregional connectivity with seven northeastern states of India, as well as Bhutan, Myanmar and China.
Project funds will go toward the construction, operation and maintenance of roads, in addition to institutional and project management support.
“As the first stand-alone transport project supported by AIIB in Bangladesh, the project will allow the Bank to gain experience in cross-border connectivity in South Asia,” said AIIB Vice President, Investment Operations, D.J. Pandian. “At the same time, the project will allow the country to improve sustainability and potentially attract private sector participation and community involvement in road maintenance.”
In 2018, Bangladesh received a USD813,000 non-reimbursable grant from AIIB’s Special Fund to assist with the project’s preparation. Established in 2016, the Fund is a multidonor facility with the primary purpose of supporting eligible AIIB members, especially low-income members, prepare bankable infrastructure projects.
The latest investment brings AIIB’s total commitment in Bangladesh to USD898 million.
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is a multilateral development bank with a mission to improve social and economic outcomes in Asia. Headquartered in Beijing, we began operations in January 2016 and have now grown to 102 approved members worldwide. By investing in sustainable infrastructure and other productive sectors in Asia and beyond, we will better connect people, services and markets that over time will impact the lives of billions and build a better future.
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